48 Hours in Prague

Prague in 48 Hours

Looking for a city in Europe that you can explore in just two short days? We’ve come up with the perfect itinerary on how to spend 48 hours in Prague.

Day 1

Start your day off with a yummy breakfast to hold your stomachs over for a late lunch. Depending on where you are staying, hotel or Airbnb, grab breakfast at the hotel or do as we did and hit the grocery to grab some pastries and yogurt for breakfast each morning.

Walking Tour of Prague

When traveling to a new city, the first stop is usually a free walking tour to get acclimated to the city. In Prague, we used Sandemans Tours and our guide did an awesome job. The tour usually takes anywhere from 2.5-3 hours. It’s great to start your day with this. After the tour head somewhere quick to grab a bit to eat. You’ll find plenty of street food options all over the town.

After lunch, head to the St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square. You can go inside St. Nicholas Church for free, but I recommend paying ~15 euros to see a live concert. Each night at 7 PM a concert is performed. (We aren’t orchestra people, and I don’t know if it was just because we were there during Christmas, but the concert was amazing. St. Nicholas is a very intimate church, seating 100 or so, with some of the best acoustics I have ever heard. The experience is truly special and something you won’t regret doing).

After you purchase your tickets for the concert, head over to the Astronomical Clock and go up to the lookout tower. You’ll be able to go up and see views of the city.

After the clock, head toward the Charles Bridge (save walking across the bridge for day two). Walk along the river toward the National Theater. From the National Theater, you’ll find excellent views of the Castle and of Charles Bridge. Great photo opportunity.

Continue walking along the river and you’ll run into the iconic Dancing House building. Stop here for photos and/or go inside for a tour.

Depending on time, head down the street from the Dancing House to grab a beer at Nová Pinta. Nová Pinta has an extremely large selection of beers from all over the world.

St. Nicholas Church Concert

By this time, it should be time to head back to St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square for the 7 PM concert. They start letting people into the church at 6:30 PM and seating is first to come first serve. I would suggest getting there at like 6:20 as the line forms pretty quickly. We sat in the pews in like the second row, excellent seats.

After the concert and depending on what time of year, if you’re visiting during Christmas market season I would grab dinner at one of the booths. But if you’re in Prague any other time of year, I would suggest making a reservation for U Medvídku Restaurant for some traditional Czech and Bohemian food and drinks. In the summer, they have a garden that is supposed to be a great place to escape the city life and enjoy a nice cold one.

If you aren’t ready to head in for the night, hit up a couple of these awesome places for some late-night drinks:

Do you have any favorite places to grab a drink in Prague? We’d love to add it to our list.

Day Two

Start your day by heading over the Charles Bridge. If you aren’t wanting people in your photos, as you walk across the bridge, get there early in the morning. After walking over the Charles Bridge, you’ll reach the John Lennon wall. This is one thing we didn’t get to do on our trip but I would highly suggest stopping here.

Hop on either tram 22, 23, or 41 and ride up into the hillside to the Prague Castle. The Prague Castle is free to enter but you will have to pay to see the different areas of the Castle. You can find more information about the different tickets here.

You could easily spend your whole day exploring the grounds and gardens of the Prague Castle. Prague Castle tickets are valid for two days (the day of the purchase and the following day). If time allows, take your time and really explore everything.

St. Vitus Cathedral

It’s free to enter St. Vitus Cathedral but you are not allowed passed the last pew. It gets pretty crowded in the back of the Cathedral. If you have a ticket you can enter and roam around the church. It’s a very beautiful building with lovely stain glass work inside. We decided to enter the Great South Tower of the Cathedral, which costs 150 CZK (7 USD.) Let me warn you, the view up from the Great South Tower is absolutely mesmerizing because you can see the whole castle grounds and all of the city but the hike up is no joke. There is only one way up, 287 narrow, winding steps and is more than 300 feet high. The hike up is pretty brutal and we were completely out of breath, they have seats at the top so you catch your breath, but the view is totally worth it.

Lunch in Lesser Town

After all the walking around Prague Castle, you’ll be sure to work up an appetite. Head down toward Lesser Town to Medieval Tavern “U Krále Brabantského“.  We decided to eat lunch here and we were glad we did. This Medieval Tavern also has a dinner show that would be really fun to do with a group of friends or even with the kiddos. U Krále Brabantského is one of the oldest pubs in Prague, dating back to 1375. It’s located directly under the Prague Castle also known as the “Royal Way.” From the decor to the food this is one place you shouldn’t miss when visiting Prague.

We ordered WAY too much food, a meat platter (so good) and baby back ribs with potatoes as a side. This was more than enough food for the two of us but we didn’t let it go to waste. We ended up taking the leftovers and gave them away to a sweet homeless man.

After lunch, just spend some time exploring Lesser Town. If you’re into visiting another church, St. Nicholas Church in Lesser Town is a good option but you will have to pay to get in here. We happened to stumble upon Church of Our Lady Victorious (Infant Jesus of Prague) and it was a beautiful place and free to enter.

Looking for a place to grab a cheap beer, head to U Glaubiců. Be sure to check out the 700-year-old cellar in the basement. Oh, and they have free Wi-Fi too! It’s a great place to grab a beer, get Wi-Fi to figure out your next sightseeing destination, and use the toilets.

Watching the Sunset Over Prague

Giving yourself plenty of time to reach the top of Petrin Hill by taking the Funicular Railway up to the very last stop. From here you can visit the Petrin Lookout Tower to see more views of the city, but since we already climbed the Great South Tower we decided to opt out of this lookout. We made our way past the lookout tower and followed a path along the castle district walls which lead us to Strahov Monastery.

After strolling through the monastery make your way to Bellavista to grab some drinks and if you’re hungry some appetizers and watch the sunset from here. It’s absolutely beautiful up there. We stayed and enjoyed the sunset for quite a while.  During the summer months, it might be difficult to get a seat outside on the patio so I would suggest trying to make a reservation. We actually never ate here and honestly from the research I’ve done; the reviews are not great. Which is why I don’t recommend getting dinner there. In the end, Bellavista is a great location for watching the sunset but might not be the best option for dinner.

End your night with some traditional Czech food and a yummy trdelník; a sweet, fire cooked cylindrical cake. The Czech trdelník is pretty simple compared to other areas of the world that make something similar. The dough is rolled into thin strips, wrapped around a spindle called a “trdlo”, glazed with sugar and grilled over open coals until the dough is cooked brown and the sugar has caramelized. After the cooking is complete, the dough is rolled over a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. You’ll find that many places around Prague fill the inside of the trdelník with Nutella, ice cream, and many other toppings. My personal favorite is the traditional Czech version.

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  1. Ah yes, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, and St. Nicholas Church. You targetted the top 3 on the first 24! That’s what I would do if ever I get the chance to have at least a day in Prague!

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